The Canon 5D Mark III is the first in the Canon DSLR range to hit the market with in-camera HDR capabilities. With 5 possible HDR effects and the ability to vary the number of stops between bracketed images the 5D is promising a lot. But how would it hold up when tested in the field? The only challenge would be to find a scene with the right lighting to take the camera through its paces.
Canon 5D HDR Modes
The Canon 5D mark III offers five different effects to choose from:
- Art standard
- Art vivid
- Art bold
- Art embossed
In addition to choosing a style the dynamic range call also be adjusted. The dynamic range can be set to Auto, +/-1, +/-2, or +/-3 EV.
For this test the dynamic range was set to +/- 3 EV and the same scene was shot 5 times, once with each of the 5 different effects. All 5 shots were taken within 1 minute and fully processed in camera. Canon’s in camera HDR processing produces a jpg file as an output. The images provided in the gallery were imported directly into Adobe Lightroom 4.1, and then exported to a reduced size with no additional post processing in Adobe Lightroom.
Canon 5D HDR Example Gallery
All photographs were take at ISO 320, f11, with a Canon EF17-35mm f2.8 L series lens.
If you are looking for further examples of Canon’s HDR capability check out my raw HDR examples from the field taken with Canon’s 5D Mark III.